As previously reported, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers terminated agreements last fall with its nonprofit partners nationwide, including Ozarks Rivers Heritage Foundation (ORHF) at Table Rock Lake, saying the agreements were “beyond its statutory authority.”
At that time, ORHF was operating eight U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas, including Moonshine Beach, the Dewey Short Visitor Center and gift shop, and tours of Table Rock Dam. Proceeds from the operation were being used to make improvements to sites at Table Rock Lake.
After several months of hoping for a satisfactory new agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to no avail, the Board of Directors of Ozarks Rivers Heritage Foundation has decided to end its operation at Dewey Short Visitor Center. ORHF will continue to exist as a Foundation, and will redefine its mission and extent of future operations, but will vacate its offices at the Visitor Center this month.
The Dewey Short Visitor Center and the parks previously operated by ORHF will be managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but the gift shop inside Dewey Short and tours of Table Rock Dam are closed.
The Board of Directors is deeply saddened by this turn of events, but remains optimistic that the Foundation can continue to contribute in some manner for the benefit of Table Rock Lake.
Tours of Table Rock Dam & Powerhouse are not being offered by Ozarks Rivers Heritage Foundation due to a decision by the US Army Corps of Engineers regarding their non-profit partners nationwide. There are no plans to resume tours of the dam.
Ozarks Rivers Heritage Foundation mission:
“To provide support for recreational facilities and projects determined to enrich the public’s quality of life by providing special events, educational programs, volunteer opportunities, advocacy, technical assistance, stewardship, land and lake access improvements and research.”